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Sagepoint Senor Living participat­es in pilot online Alzheimer’s training program


Sagepoint Senior Living Services in La Plata announced that as part of its commitment to providing excellent care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, the staff is participat­ing in an online CARES dementia training pilot program and will earn the Alzheimer’s Associatio­n’s “essentiALZ” and “essentiALZ Plus” certificat­ions.

According to a news release, the nonprofit organizati­on will post its progress toward employee participat­ion goals in the main lobby.

The goal of the pilot program from the state Alzheimer’s Council is to determine the feasibilit­y of online training to enhance knowledge in and adoption of dementia care best practices in Maryland. Sagepoint Senior Living Services is the first nursing community in Maryland to participat­e in this program.

Staff will complete 10 modules of education which cover dementia basics (Alzheimer’s and dementia, understand­ing behavior, communicat­ion, and person-centered care) and advanced dementia care (making a connection, eating well, recognizin­g pain, minimizing falls, rethinking wandering, and minimizing and eliminatin­g restraints).

“With the CARES online dementia training program, we seek to offer training with a focus on person-centered dementia care. We are looking at all employees to participat­e in this endeavor,” said registered nurse Hope Dweik, Sagepoint’s staff educator. “As the first skilled nursing community in Maryland to participat­e in this pilot program, we are helping to pave the way for cutting-edge levels of dementia care for residents in long-term care, assisted living, and rehabilita­tion communitie­s.”

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